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A.V.I.D. stands for Anti-Violence Initiative Day, a tradition that started here at North Ridge on January 2001 upon the recommendation of the Nassau and Suffolk Psychological Association's Anti-Violence Task Force in conjunction with SCOPE. Inc. It began as a way to make students, teachers, parents and the community aware of the warning signs of violence.

Here at North Ridge, we celebrate AVID through music, assemblies, literature and special art projects whose theme is one of non-violence and peaceful ways of solving problems. Ms. Lopez, our school library/media specialist, read the book, If Peace Is. The children then gathered in the hall to sing "Teaching Peace."

The North Ridge family is excited to continue our new tradition of "filling buckets!" "Bucket fillers" are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. Bucket filling promotes educating the "whole child" so he or she can be a compassionate, responsible, and helpful citizen.
Here are some book titles regarding "Compassion" our character trait of the month.

I Am Human-A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde

You, Me and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

How Kind by Mary Murphy

Glenna’s Seeds by Nancy Edwards
Be Polite and Kind by Cheri Meiners
Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat

Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

Lovely by Jess Hong

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campvell

One by Kathryn Otoshi

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox

Pass It On by Sophy Henn

We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Emma and the Whale by Julie Case

Most People by Michael Leannah